This technical advisory procedure provides general construction guidelines for heavy vehicle side underrun protection devices that comply with the UN ECE international standards for motor vehicles.
The ATA’s Truck Impact Chart compares a range of vehicle combinations in terms of trip and fuel efficiency, equivalent standard axles, and emissions per 1000 tonnes. This chart can be used to calculate the most efficient combination to undertake a freight task.
This advisory procedure was the result of a number of failures of brake actuators.
This advisory has been developed by the ATA to promote good design and maintenance practices for electrical systems on heavy vehicles.
The fatal crash rate for articulated trucks like semitrailers improved more than 60 per cent between 1982 and 2007, according to this major report on heavy vehicle road safety.
The report is an authoritative reference guide to the research already done on truck safety, and consolidates the findings of 280 publications into one document. It also recommends four priority areas for follow up research.